n 1997 a
1977 Kyotaro Nishimura story was translated into
What would happen if
Maigret, Ellery Queen
and Hercule Poirot met in Tokyo?
Their rich host certainly seems to know. Solely for his
pleasure to see his favorite detectives at work. One other old Japanese
detective is present: Kogoro Akechi, the hero in
the books of Edogawa Rampo.
Truly a pity that some of these stories are
as good as unobtainable.
The admiration for the Ellery Queen works in Japan is
unsurpassed. No small wonder several examples are found in this section. In
Yuki Misshitsu, Snow Locked Room, (1989)
by Rintaro Norizuki,
police superintendant Norizuki Sadao is invited by, as it turns out, a
female blackmailer to her guesthouse in the middle of winter. She's found
hanged in a separate building on the premises. Local police treat it as an
apparent suicide since the snow is trackless and the only key is inside the
building itself. Convinced of foul play Sadao calls in the help of his son
Rintarou Norizuki (same name as author!). There also a Norizuki volume called The
Adventures of Norizuki Rintarou.... More an homage than pastiche, but
Snow Locked Room)
|Frank Stewart contributed the following Ellery Queen problem in the daily bridge section of many a newspaper in 2004:
surveyed the lifeless body of
West, sprawled under the table
where he's played in a
high-stakes game. He'd been
conked with a pair of fire
"What happened on their last
deal, Dad?" Ellery asked.
"I think if you put the heat
on East, he'll confess," said
"I did it," howled East. "My
partner wouldn't kill the dummy
so I killed him."
|I have to admit don't play bridge. So let this be a challenge to our readers. How well is this put together? Are there references in the solution that, at first glance, are not apparent? You can reach me by clicking on "Uncle Sam"...
Again Edward Hoch had Ellery to revisit Wrightsville in "The Wrightsville Carnival" (EQMM Sep/Oct 2005). In the same issue we also find Josh Pachter and Jon.L.Breen's "The German Cologne Mystery" subtitled an Ellery Queen parody it had Inspector Wretched Breen brake down the unlocked door of the fast-declining Hotel Madrid's room 521. In response to a phone call from his son, celebrated mystery writer and accomplished amateur detective Celery Breen.
Following a discussion in March 2002 in a readers forum
regarding the novel
And on the Eighth Day
tried his hand at writing a "new" form of pastiche. It provides an epilogue
to the existing story. Dale has been so kind allowing me to put it
here. It comes, of course, with a spoiler warning so ... if you haven't
read the original story look away now!
Siegel's "Once Upon a Crime"
was written in 1951 but was publicized much later in 2007
(Old-time Detection Issue N°16 )
all Ellery Queen
characters (including JJMcC) reappearing and
it had Ellery deciding to have, next to his own name, three
"non-existent names" on his plate glass of his office at 545 Fifth Avenue:
Frederic Dannay, Manfred B. Lee and Barnaby Ross". Nikki reverted to being
called Sheila Brent and Mrs. Ellery Queen appears to be
Paula Paris! Lee wrote to Mr. Siegel that despite the story's merits: "...
this is the one kind of story we simply may not consider. For the editor to
glorify himself in his own publication is unthinkable, not to say poor
Matthew J. Elliott is, by his own admission, an
award-winning screenwriter, author, voice-over artist, presenter, editor
and contributor for
from Lancashire, England. His 2008 miniseries
The New Adventures of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer starring
Stacy Keach was nominated for an Audie Award.
In the September/October 2009 edition of EQMM we find a prequel to "The Book Case" by Dale C. Andrews, entitled "The Mad Hatter's Riddle." Set in 1975, Ellery is called to Hollywood to serve as an advisor on the NBC Ellery Queen series for the filming of "The Mad Tea Party" episode, which fans will remember was the only episode in the series based on an authentic Ellery Queen story. Unfortunately (no surprise!) things go very wrong on the set ...
"And you, El, are also
looking fit. Still writing those convoluted whodunits?
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine also put up a teaser on this page...where the story was excerpted.
Leverage is an American
television drama series on TNT that premiered in
December 2008. Leverage follows a five-person team of
professional thieves, computer experts and con artists,
headed up by former insurance investigator, Nathan Ford,
who use their skills to right corporate and governmental
injustices inflicted on common citizens.
is played by Timothy
Hutton, to us of course the son of the late Jim Hutton.
Leverage ran for 5 seasons, on July 7.
2011 in the second episode
"The 10 Li'l Grifters Job" a Murder Mystery
the opportunity for a tribute to EQ or the character Jim
portrayed him in the 70s.
Timothy has been mentioned here and in several other fora as being "perfect" for the lead for a new Ellery Queen series... so it seems natural for him to dress up in his fathers EQ costume (or close enough) as "Ellery Queen: World's Greatest Detective". Sadly other than the appearance of Timothy Hutton dressed up as EQ no other references are made to the work of Dannay/Lee.
In Season 3 of Mad Men episode 12 "The Grown ups" (Nov 1, 2009) Pete comes home disappointed as Lane has given him and Ken separate roles and titles within accounts, which Pete believes belittles his achievements. Trudy asks him questions to understand what happened, to which Pete replies "Stop it with the Ellery Queen". (See below)
|David Marcum had a JJMcC moment when he wrote the introduction to The Papers of Sherlock Holmes (2011) in it he describes how he found Watson's notebook containing original untold Sherlock Holmes cases in his aunt's house! David told us he tried to write in Watson's traditional voice. Ellery is mentioned in a very small way at the end of the book, in one of those Untold Tales that Watson refers to but never actually writes. In this case, it is in reference to an investigation in which Ellery and the Inspector, along with several other of the Great Detectives, helped Holmes and Watson during a time they were in New York.